Continuity vs. Discontinuity

The solution to this problem can be stated as follows: only where the text itself (in either Testament) signals the reader that the author clearly intended the material to have a limited application of a built-in obsolescene can we dare to conclude that the material in that section is discontinuous and of no permanent or literal authority. This is not to say that that same material may not, however, have behind it an abiding principle that is clearly taught in the abiding and continuous revelation of God. The question of continuity and discontinuity cannot be solved by imposed philosophical or imposed theological categories over the text of Scripture; the text must remain sovereign! It will give its own signals in the very context in which the suspected discontinuous text appears. Thus, we would solve the problem of the number and location of these texts that are time-conditioned by appealing to an exegesis of the affected passages.

from Walter C. Kaiser, Toward Rediscovering The Old Testament, 100.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by neumatikos on March 9, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Excellent! Of course, it begs the question of the interpretation of passages like 1 Cor 12…

  2. Shouldn’t God remain sovereign? Now I am not trying to put a divide between the authority of the text and the authority of God, Scripture is without error and infallable because God is without error and infallable. God and his Word are inseperable in this sense.

    So don’t all conservative believers agree that the text is sovereign because God is sovereign – the two are inseperable? or esle they are not submissive genuine believers? It seems in my conversations with others that the point above doen’t deal with the underlying issue of hermenutical & theological presuppositions that we all come to the scripture with.

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